Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB
One of the first things we noticed when unboxing the Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB SSD is the gold and black color of the SSD which was attractive and a little more fancy than most other drives we’ve seen. Kingston pulled out all the stops on this Enthusiast Line of SSD and has made the transition from using an old Spinner Hard Drive to the Speedy Solid State Drive very easy.
Kingston also typically includes one of the best accessory packages on the market, and it’s no different this time around with the HyperX 3K, as we got a mounting bracket, SATA cables, screwdriver, Acronis Cloning software, USB 2.0 travel enclosure and an USB cable to plug into the enclosure. Needless to say, this is the best package we’ve ever seen with an SSD, making it easy to take to work and bring home your data; portability is the name of the game with small storage devices.
During testing, the HyperX 3K impressed us on every level with big numbers and its consistency across all testing. Sequential and Random Read/Write results were excellent across the board, as the SandForce SF-2281 controller has proven to be a juggernaut.
Priced at $290 for the Upgrade Kit ($280 for the stand alone version) that’s slightly more expensive than some competing drives, but you get an accessory package second to none, along with the portability most others can only dream about offering at this price. Beyond that, it’s important to keep in mind you do get what you pay for here: a blistering fast drive in a slick and convenient package.
The Pure Point: Unique styling and speedy performance backed by an excellent package.